Greater Los Angeles Area - Southland


Los Angeles County Meaning and Origins of Names

As defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Greater Los Angeles Area, or Southland, includes the following five counties in Southern California: Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside. The Greater Los Angeles Area is not the same as the Los Angeles Basin.  The San Gabriel Valley, the Antelope Valley, the Pomona Valley, and the Victor Valley are all in the Greater Los Angeles - Southland area.


Historical Timeline

Pacific Realtors has created a historical timeline for those having an interest in the history of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.


Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1888, has more than 1,600 members making it one of the largest chambers in Southern California. Members are based throughout the Los Angeles Basin and beyond.


California Coastal National Monument

The California Coastal National Monument consists of approximately 20,000 islets, rock outcroppings, and reefs along the entire coast of California. The area covers the entire 840 mile coast to a distance of 12 nautical miles. Depending upon the tide levels, the approximate area of 1,000 acres is managed and protected by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Many of the protected areas in Ventura County are important habitats for birds and sea animals.


Tech Coast – Southern California

“Tech Coast” refers to the coastal area from La Jolla on the south to Goleta to the northwest. Similar to Silicon Valley in Northern California, the term “Tech Coast” refers to the fact that numerous information technology companies and universities are located in the Southern California corridor extending from San Diego County north to Santa Barbara County. Companies include Broadcom, Conexant, Northrop Grumman, and Qualcomm. Major universities include California Institute of Technology; University of Southern California; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of California, Irvine; and University of California, San Diego.


Sepulveda Pass

The Sepulveda Pass is a mountain pass through the Santa Monica Mountains that connects the Los Angeles Basin to the San Fernando Valley. Encino and Sherman Oaks are at the north end of the pass in the San Fernando Valley, and Brentwood and Westwood are at the south end. The San Diego Freeway (405) runs through the pass along with Sepulveda Boulevard.


Cahuenga Pass

The Cahuenga Pass is a mountain pass through the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. The pass connects the Los Angeles Basin to Studio City and the San Fernando Valley. The Hollywood Freeway (101) runs through the pass.


L.A. County Fair

The L.A. County Fair, previously known as the Los Angeles County Fair, is an annual county fair that has been operating since 1922. It is one of the largest county fairs in the United States typically drawing more than one million visitors from the Greater Los Angeles Area and other parts of Southern California. The fair is held during the month of September at the Fairplex in Pomona which is in eastern Los Angeles County. The Fairplex is also commonly called by its former name the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds. The fair offers extensive entertainment, exhibits, food, rides, and much more. The fair has always been a link between California’s agricultural industry and the public offering many opportunities to learn about agriculture and the history of California.


Greater Los Angeles Area Land

If you would like to sell or acquire land in Greater Los Angeles Area or in the surrounding areas, please contact an agent in our land division. We have land specialists that can help you buy or sell land anywhere in California.